Health Professionals

In the grade 9 Healthy Heart Schools’ Program, heart health assessment results letters are sent to the student’s health care professional if the family has accurately provided that information to Heart Niagara. The results letters include our in-class measurements as well as targets and percentiles for waist-to-height ratio, blood pressure, cholesterols, and more.

It is Heart Niagara’s hope that these results letters will increase communication between students, families, and healthcare professionals. As risk factors for heart disease are more commonly being found in children and adolescents, it is important for a dialogue about heart health to begin at an early age.

Areas of concern are highlighted in yellow on the results letter. Families may contact you about these results and you may wish to follow up with students to repeat tests.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I have a question about a letter that was sent to my office who do I contact?
Please contact Heart Niagara at by phone at 905-358-5552 or email to discuss letters sent to family doctors and nurse practitioners.

2. What are the referral criteria you use?
The Stay Healthy Targets (specific to 14 year olds / Grade 9 students) page based on the Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents: The Report of the Expert Panel published by the National Institutes of Health.

3. How accurate is a non-fasting cholesterol test?
The cholesterols are assessed using the Alere Cholestech LDX® System. Please see the slides from a presentation done at the 2011 Obesity Summit.

4. What is the data used for?
Our primary research area is adolescent lifestyles and cardiovascular health and risk. Due to the vast amount of information collected from a large population of adolescents, our data is useful in areas including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, adiposity, smoking tobacco, high cholesterol and physical inactivity. There is high potential to do longitudinal research with multiple cohorts.

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